One fine morning or day, every girl is surprised. Something sticky is coming out. Before she realizes, she starts getting mood changes. Period! If you are one of them, read on because it is going to happen every month. For girls who have just started getting periods, this is also a must read because periods don’t always come exactly on time from month to month.
So you are caught off guard when it comes. Suppose you are in school and it comes, then what will you do? It is always advised to prepare in advance, but what and how to prepare…?
Carry your supplies with you. It means keep sanitary pads in your purse, backpack, or locker. Pads, also called sanitary napkins, are made of absorbent material and they stick to your underwear. The pad will catch blood that comes out and keep your clothes from getting stained.
Older girls who have been getting their periods for a while might use tampons. Tampons are absorbent plugs that are inserted into the vagina. These can be more convenient if a girl is playing sports or going swimming. If you haven’t had your period yet, talk to someone who can help you get your supplies together. This might be your mom, an older female relative, or whoever you feel comfortable with.
Make it clear that you want to be rady for the big day, whenever it arrives. You also might talk to your doctor when you go for a check-up. Just by looking a you – and how much you have developed so far – your doctor may be able to tell you, roughly, how soon to expect your first period. It could be arriving in the next six months, or it could be a year or more away.
Sometimes, girls are not prepared for their periods. (Don’t feel bad if this is you becausee it happens to grown-up women, too!) So what do you do? You are at school and here it is. Your period has arrived and you don’t have your stuff. If it’s your first period, you may be really excited and also a little worried. If it’s not your first period, you might just be worried. What are you supposed to do?
Ask to visit the nurse or ask to see the school counselor. Or maybe you have a teacher you really like whom you can ask for help. You’ll need some supplies. The nurse or counselor should be able to help. You might feel a little shy about asking, but just say, “I started my period today and I don’t have my supplies.” Even if you get the help you need from the school staff, you also might call your mom. It its your first period, you probably will want to tell your mom what happened and how you are feeling.
NOT HEAVY PERIOD
It’s unlikely that your first period will be very heavy, so you’ll probably figure out that it’s happened before your clothes are stained. But if your clothes do get stained on your first period, or a later one, you’ll definitely want to visit the nurse or counselor. You don’t want to be worried all day long tha someone will see the stain, so you need some fresh clothes. May be you have sweatpants in your locker for gym class.
If you don’t have any spare clothes, you’ll need to see someone on the school staff so you can call a parent who can bring you some clothes or pick you up and take you home. What if you return to class with different pants on and someone asks about it? You don’t have to say what really happened. That would be embarrassing. Instead, you can just say something like, “I spilled something on my pants so I changed.”
Do you feel less worried now about getting your period at school? We hope so! Although it’s not very convenient to get your period at school, remember that there are people you can turn to for help. You’ll get into the habit of being prepared. And, before you know it, getting your period – wherever you are – will be no big deal.